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Language Arts: Associate in Arts – Transfer, Communication Studies

The Communication Studies Associate Arts Transfer (AA-T) degree offers students a comprehensive course of study of the many facets of human communication including public speaking and performance, interpersonal and group communication, argumentation, and mass media.

Students will enhance their own communication practices in professional and personal settings, as well as study theories and concepts that examine the impact of communication on relationships and society at large.

The Communication Studies Associate Arts Transfer degree meets the requirements of SB 1440 for Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T). While the AA-T degree is designed for ease of transfer to a CSU, it does not exclude admittance to other colleges and universities.

To earn a Communication Studies AA-T degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University (CSU) system. Should the student fall below the 60 units between the major unit requirements and the CSU-General Education/Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern, the difference can be made up through CSU transferable elective units as outlined below.


Required Core Courses Units
COMM 101, Introduction to Public Speaking  3
Required Electives A (6 units) Units
Any two courses from the following:  
COMM 107, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 109, Small Group Communication 3
COMM 115, Introduction to Argumentation and Debate 3
Required Electives B (6 units) Units
Any two courses from the following or one not used above:  
COMM 103, Process of Communication 3
COMM 112, Oral Interpretation 3
COMM 219, Intercultural Communication 3
Required Electives C (3 units) Units
Any one course from the following or one not used above:  
ANTH 102, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ENGL 102, Critical Thinking and Literature 3
JOUR 121, Beginning Journalism 3
PSY 101, General Psychology 3
SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology 3
  Total 18
CSU GE or IGETC pattern 38-41
CSU transferable elective units to reach degree total 60